Speaking to reporters here, Patel said, "The government's support for Air India doesn't come without a rider. We have asked the carrier to cut costs."
When asked about the management decision to cut wages, Patel said the management and workers should avoid taking unilateral decisions.
He said a pilots' committee will be formed to discuss the wage cut issue.
"There is no reason for any section of the employees to be unhappy. The committee of pilots will discuss pay cuts with the management," he said.